The OER pilot programme ran between April 2009 and April 2010 with the aim of making a wide range of existing high quality higher education resources freely available easily discovered online and routinely re-used and repurposed by both educators and learners worldwide.
Pilot projects focused on the release of resources at three levels:
- Institutional Strand;
- Subject Strand;
- Individual Strand.
Projects have worked towards the sustainability of long term open resources release via the adoption of appropriate business models including modifications to institutional policies and processes with the aim of making OER release an expected part of the educational resources creation cycle.
Programme support and advice on OER release included guidance from JISC services and other organisations on issues related to licensing intellectual property rights and technical aspects such as the use of standards and metadata and resource discovery. This support was available to all those interested in OER not just funded projects.
Projects have made a wide range of resources openly available via JorumOpen a JISC funded service which provides access to free learning and teaching resources and a variety of other online vehicles including project websites open institutional repositories and web2.0 services.
Programme findings have been synthesised and evaluated by a team based at Glasgow Caledonian University and are available on the OER Synthesis and Evaluation Project Wiki.